Cameroon Troops ‘Kill 70’ Borno Residents While Chasing Boko Haram Insurgents
No less than 70 residents of a village in Borno were said to have been killed by Cameroonian soldiers on Wednesday during a pursuit of Boko Haram terrorists into a community in the state.
According to Press TV, he soldiers entered Kirawa-Jimni village and asked where Boko Haram insurgents were, before opening fire.
Kirawa-Jimni is a border community near Cameroon, located around the area where Boko Haram declared a caliphate in August 2014.
“We didn’t know what was going on but the Cameroonian troops suddenly appeared and began to ask us for Boko Haram terrorists,” Muhammed Abba, deputy commander of the Civilian JTF, a local vigilante outfit said.
“Before we could say a word, they started firing. That scared most of us and we began to run,” he said, adding that when the villagers returned on Monday, they found 70 bodies.
Just last month,
One-hundred-and-fifty people were reportedly killed by Cameroonian troops when they chased Boko Haram fighters into Nigeria on November 30.
The soldiers were also said to have burnt several huts and forced people out of their communities, an allegation that Cameroon’s government denied, saying its military is trained to respect human rights.
The government said its troops carried out a coordinated operation on several border villages around Lake Chad between November 27 and November 29, freeing 900 people held by the sect.
Cameroon is part of a regional task force set up to fight Boko Haram terrorists, who sometimes infiltrate Nigeria’s neighbors, including Cameroon, to carry out terrorist attacks there.